Illegal Kickbacks and Referrals: Cash, Trips, Gifts, And Free Equipment
The Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act Suit
The FBI estimates that fraud under the federal government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs amounts to $75 billion to $250 billion every year. Each year, individual whistleblowers help the government recoup billions under the False Claims Act (FCA). The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of any type of fraud against the government, including healthcare fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
Healthcare fraud includes false billing, upcoding, sales of unapproved drugs, illegal referrals and kickbacks. Illegal referrals refer to referrals made by healthcare providers to clinics, hospitals and other facilities in which they have a financial interest and which violate the Stark Law prohibiting such self-dealing. 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn. One large whistleblower Stark Law/kickback case has recently settled according to reports. In the case, a group of orthopedic surgeons allegedly referred patients to a hospital in which the physicians allegedly held a financial interest. Whistleblower brought an action under the Stark Law and FCA. The case has now settled for $66 million according to reports. The whistleblowers will receive a percentage of the settlement.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and bookkeepers are individuals who may witness illegal referral and kickback schemes in operation. If you have original information of this kind of fraud or any other fraud being perpetrated against the government, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. Our lawyers know how best to assemble and present your evidence or wrongdoing with a chance at an award of 15-30% of amounts the government recovers. If your employer retaliates against you for blowing the whistle on fraud, our litigators can also represent you in any action for wrongful termination. Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay plus interest, special damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in bringing your case. 31 U.S. § 3730(h)(2).
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, securities or commodities trading (CFTC) violations, or cases under the Internal Revenue Code for prosecution of tax avoidance schemes including offshore schemes, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with large whistleblower cases, complex financial contract litigation, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through whistleblower false claims applications, discovery and investigation, a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.